The overhaul of Egypt's railway system initiated in 2014 continues. Several of the major projects launched are now entering their final phase.
Technical tests on the final section of line 3 of the Cairo metro and the Eastern Nile monorail were launched on November 5 by Egypt's Prime Minister, Mostafa Madbouly, reports the Ministry of Transport.
This new section of the metro extends over 13.7 km and comprises 11 stations serving the densely populated areas of the Giza governorate as far as Cairo University. It is interconnected with other metro lines and means of public transport throughout Egypt, including the first, second and sixth lines under development and the Light Rail Transit (LRT) network under construction, as well as with the monorail and BRT.
The Eastern Nile Monorail is 56 km long, linked by 22 stations and a control center. It completes the East and West monorails, which are 100 km long and comprise a total of 35 stations.
These various projects are key elements of the Pharaonic project undertaken by Egypt over the last decade to renew the country's entire rail system, both infrastructure and trains, in order to improve connectivity and put the frequent derailments and accidents involving trains, which often took a heavy toll on human lives, behind us.
Line 3, which is in the final stages of development, is a key phase in the plan to extend the Cairo metro, which was inaugurated in 1987 and has become the capital's main public transport service. It is expected to have up to 6 lines after the modernization work.
The monorail project is part of the transportation system for the new administrative capital under development. It will eventually facilitate interconnection between Cairo and the new capital.